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The top food trend of eating healthy is holding strong for 2014. The 2014 food trend buzzword of the moment is clean eating. It translates to eating fresh, nutritious food that is good for your body.
A new calculator is available to help livestock producers understand their cost per pound. Use this calculator to price your product so you make money.
Tri-State CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) is a project of Greener Partners. They work in a collaborative effort with local sustainable farms to enhance educational and social networking opportunities for farm apprentices.
The Capital Resource Conservation & Development Area Council developed the “Guide to Internships and Employment for Pennsylvania Farms” to help reduce the confusion experienced by both farmers and employees participating in internship and apprenticeship opportunities.
In April, NE Beginning Farmer Project and Cornell Small Farms Program hosts two, free webinars on “labor record keeping” and “exploring wholesale markets”. Pre-registration is required and you must register for each training separately.
Beekman 1802 is offering four 'mortgage lifts' for small farms with big ideas sponsored by money they've raised in the last year selling their pasta sauces. Applications are due April 22nd, 2014 and winners will be announced April 29th.
Participants will learn to plan their grazing season with a grazing chart, biological monitoring and holistic grazing management to improve profit and mitigate risk.
Have you ever been told that your favorite homemade bread, or salsa, is “good enough to sell?” Do you have additional fruit or vegetables from your farm or home garden that you would like to make into a commercial product? Penn State Extension’s Food for Profit, a one-day workshop on May 17th in Stroudsburg, will help you work through the maze of local and state regulations, food safety issues, and business management concepts that all must be considered in setting up a commercial food business.
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey (NOFA-NJ), is offering farmers a sneak peek into the organic certification process through a three-session course called Road to Certification. This course will be held in Princeton, NJ, on April 24, May 1, and May 8.
Have you ever asked yourself, “Is farming right for me?” Are you currently working on a farm or have aspirations to start your own agriculture enterprise? Twenty-eight participants of Penn State’s “Exploring the Small Farm Dream” 2014 course discussed these questions and more during the four-session class lead by extension educator Tianna Dupont.
It seems like this winter will never end, but spring will be around the corner before we know it. When the weather finally does turn favorable for field work, we will all be busy catching up on many tasks around the farm. One thing that should not be neglected is a brush up on safety practices related to tractors and farm equipment.
This course is designed to assist produce growers who are writing a Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) food safety plan and who are considering or required to submit a USDA third party audit. Two upcoming events are: in Ephrata on April 10th and at University Park on April 14th. Cost is $50 for this 6 hour course that also includes lunch and resource materials
Penn State Extension Delaware County is hosting a Sheep Day on April 12, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 4 -H Farm and Educational Center, Garrett Williamson Foundation, 395 Bishop Hollow Rd., Newtown Square, PA 19073.
In my great-grandfather’s diary of his farming activities, you will find entries for most Saturdays that say “In market”. One can imagine what it took in the late 1800’s to get ready to be “in market”. It might be a bit easier to get to market today but anyone who sells at a four-hour-once-a-week farmer’s market can tell you, the preparation takes much longer. Here are some tips for while you are preparing for market season.
Two videos are available. One explaining the tools needed to shear sheep and preparing and caring for the shears, and one explaining the six positions to shear a sheep.
If you did not take a soil test last fall and are gearing up to test this spring, you might be interested in the following tips.
Learn how to monitor and build soil health and assessment strategies as Debra Brubaker of Village Acres Farm describes their soil building practices which include cover crops, green manures, and inputs.
Penn State Extension is hosting two Farm and Tractor Safety courses to be held April 17–18 in East Berlin, PA and April 24–25 in Perkasie, PA. The objective of this course is designed to give farm owners and managers the resources and skills to confidently train farm employees and apprentices in tractor and farm safety.
Join us for Introduction to Organic Vegetable Production, a course for people planning to make the leap from vegetable gardening to production for profit and beginning organic vegetable producers who are ready to refine their techniques in order to optimize their production and profit.
The direct-to-consumer farm marketing season is upon us – the potential target audience for our production was identified many months ago, we planned and grew to meet the target audience demands, and now it’s time to actually present our farm products to this buying (hopefully) public and see what happens.